Battle of Hastings memorial stone moved to reflect new research

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The pilgrims who regularly leave flowers on the stone slab marking the spot where King Harold fell in 1066 will have to walk a little further: the stone has been moved six metres to the east in the ruins of Battle Abbey, reflecting new research for the 950th anniversary of the battle which changed English history.

The new site for the stone is the third confidently identified as the fatal spot – according to one near contemporary account, where Harold was hacked to pieces with his entrails “split upon the ground” rather than the arrow in the eye of tradition – which ended the battle fought between the English and the invading Normans, on 14 October 1066.

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